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Human Rights Report

Drafted by Proceso de Comunidades Negras, MADRE, and the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic at CUNY School of Law, the report is on human rights violations and a pattern of discrimination against Afro-Colombian women and their communities.

published: 09/23/2019
Human Rights Report

This report, published in advance of the review of Colombia’s human rights record by the UN Committee on the Elimination of of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) at its 72nd Session, documents human rights violations committed against Afro-Colombian women and their communities, and makes concrete recommendations for change.

published: 02/21/2019
Human Rights Report

Together with our partner in Nepal, the National Indigenous Women's Forum, we put forward a report to the UN presenting 15 recommendations on guaranteeing equal rights for Indigenous women in Nepal. 

published: 12/07/2018
Human Rights Report

The UN General Assembly is going to receive a new draft treaty on crimes against humanity. Unfortunately, the new draft uses an outdated definition of gender that would give some governments an excuse to ignore persecution of women and LGBTIQ people. This new treaty is a historic opportunity to address egregious crimes and enhance state efforts to prevent and punish gender-based crimes. However, a text that fails to reflect the current human rights definition of gender could sideline women; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons; and other marginalized groups. It could also result in even greater impunity for gender-based crimes amounting to crimes against humanity. 

published: 11/27/2018
Human Rights Report

This report, published in advance of the UN Human Rights Council’s review of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's human rights record in April/May 2019, documents human rights violations against women and girls, including threats to and violations of their gender-based human rights and participation in peacebuilding efforts, particularly in the eastern provinces of the country.

 
published: 10/12/2018
Human Rights Report

This report, published in advance of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women pre-sessional review of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's human rights record in November 2018, documents human rights violations against women and girls, including threats to and violations of their gender-based human rights and participation in peace building efforts, particularly in the eastern provinces of the country. This report informs the Committee's creation of the List of Issues that will be posed to the Government of the DRC before the official hearing in 2019.

published: 10/03/2018
Human Rights Report

Please sign on your organization to a letter calling on Colombia’s Attorney General to free detained Afro-Colombian women human rights defenders, Sara Quiñonez and her mother Tulia Valencia, both members of Black Communities Process (PCN), and expressing concern about politically motivated arrests of human rights defenders. Both Ms. Quiñonez and Ms. Valencia have risked their lives defending Afro-Colombians’ collective and territorial rights and were recently forcibly displaced as a result of death threats targeting them for their advocacy. The two face trumped-up accusations of guerrilla involvement, simply for being prominent human rights defenders.

published: 04/25/2018
Human Rights Report

A new convention on crimes against humanity (CAH) is in its final draft stages — and recently hit a new milestone. Following a campaign led by MADRE, Outright Action International and CUNY Law School, the International Law Commission (ILC) took a crucial step. In the latest draft, the outdated definition of gender — which placed many at risk and limited rights protections — was removed. 

published: 03/13/2018
Human Rights Report

In summer 2017, the International Law Commission, a UN body dedicated to developing international legal standards, completed its first reading of the draft articles for a new convention on crimes against humanity, which members of the General Assembly’s Sixth Committee (on legal questions) reviewed in fall 2017. While the current treaty draft embraces strong language from the Rome Statute, including gender as a protected class from persecution, it also adopts its unusual footnote defining gender.

published: 03/13/2018
Human Rights Report

A few weeks ago, an armed group raided a women’s shelter operated by the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), the only Iraqi organization that has stepped up to meet the critical need for shelter for women at risk of violence. Men armed with assault rifles kidnapped a member of their staff and held him for ransom, and forced OWFI to negotiate for his release. OWFI and other local organizations need protection now for their work meeting the urgent needs of women and girls at risk of violence.

published: 12/13/2017
Human Rights Report

A petition to the International Criminal Court (ICC) regarding ISIS crimes will be the first of its kind, seeking to advance protection of the rights of women and LGBTIQ people on the international stage. Filed jointly by three non-governmental organizations—MADRE, the Human Rights and Gender Justice (HRGJ) Clinic of the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, and the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI)—the petition makes the case that the International Criminal Court should prosecute ISIS fighters for crimes they have committed on the basis of gender, including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

published: 10/30/2017
Human Rights Report

We the undersigned organizations are writing to express our deep concerns about the US Mission to the United Nations’ selection of representative from the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam) to join its official delegation to the 61st annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). 

published: 03/20/2017
Human Rights Report

We the undersigned organizations write to express our deep concerns about the latest restrictions on civil society participation at the 2017 UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings. This year's CSW is taking place under the shadow of the United States’ escalated anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, and anti-Muslim policies, which are preventing some women from exercising their right to political participation at UN Headquarters in New York. The policies represent the latest in a long history of restrictive migration, refugee and asylum measures that subject women and their families to hate crimes, detention, deportation and family separation, while undermining core universal human rights regarding migrant and refugee rights, and worker protections. These circumstances emphasize the urgent need for women facing multiple discriminations to be at the center of conversations on human rights at CSW.

published: 03/06/2017
Human Rights Report

Today our Human Rights Advocacy Director, Lisa Davis, spoke to the United Nations Security Council on behalf of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security on the need to include women in solutions to violent extremism and sexual violence in conflict.

published: 06/02/2016
Human Rights Report

In April 2016, over a dozen Iraqi women’s organizations came together in Erbil, Iraq for a convening entitledStrategies for Change. As the facilitators of this workshop, MADRE and partners sent the recommendations generated from this convening to the UN Security Council, to inform their upcoming expert group review of women, peace and security concerns in Iraq.

published: 04/21/2016
Human Rights Report

The report focuses on women and girls' lack of access to education, as well as their lack of access to healthcare, including care specific to victims of gender-based violence. It also illustrates the unavailability of protection and justice for women and girls in the face of ongoing gender-based violence, including sexual violence, forced and early marriage, and "honor" crimes. 

published: 03/27/2016

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